Haunt is a fictional comic book superhero who appeared in a self-titled ongoing series published by Image Comics . Created by Todd McFarlane and Robert Kirkman , the series debuted in October 2009  and ended in December 2012 after 28 issues. The comic was originally written by Kirkman with pencils by Ryan Ottley , by Greg Capullo , and byks by McFarlane.  Joe Casey and Nathan Fox took over the book as creative team of Haunt # 19. 
The book’s eponymous hand is the merged form of Catholic priest Daniel Kilgore, and the ghost of his murdered secret agent brother, Kurt. 
In a 2008 interview with Newsarama , Kirkman explained that the initial storyline in Haunt deals with Kurt trying to solve his own murder.  In February 2009 at New York’s Comic Con , Kirkman provided an overview of the series:
|“||The main basis of the story is that there are two brothers who hate each other for a long time and are forced to interact with each other. It’s a big action extravaganza from there on out. ||“|
Background and creation
During a session at the San Diego 2006 Comic-Con , McFarlane called on Kirkman, who was seated in the audience. Kirkman was a fan, and wanted to know why McFarlane did not work on comics anymore.  Not Recognizing Kirkman, McFarlane Responded, “I always sort of felt If You Could create your own Mickey Mouse , it’s a pretty good living. You do not need to do a Donald Duck and has Goofy and a Minnie Mouse . Arguably , [I’ve done that] with Spawn . ”  He added, “I have some ideas, but I can only spread myself so thin.”  Fellow panelist Brian Haberlinfinally told McFarlane that the audience member was Kirkman.  After exchanging jokes, McFarlane asked Kirkman if he would be interested in collaborating on a project, to which Kirkman agreed.  
Kurt was named after Kurt Vonnegut , while Daniel was named after Vonnegut’s character, Kilgore Trout .
In 2007, Kirkman and McFarlane announced that they were working together on a new comic property. Haunt with a series to debut in early 2008.  
In July 2008 Kirkman explained that the book had been delayed.  Ottley and Capullo were joining the art team. It was also revealed that McFarlane would draw covers for the series. 
In February 2009, Image provided a series of teaser images to Comic Book Resources featuring the first artwork for Haunt .   
The first teaser was released in July 2009, but no firm was established until July, when Image announced the first issue would be released October 7, 2009.  McFarlane has shouldered the blame for the delays,  saying, ” I did not want to be in a position where I was able to make a solicitation for the sake of putting on a solicitation, that’s too easy.  He added, “I know it’s been a little frustrating to Robert, but it’s already been two years – what’s two years and one month? We’re gotta get it right.”  In July, a limited edition, 16-page preview book debuted at the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con. 
- Daniel Kilgore – Associate priest, he later quits his Church to join The Agency.
- Kurt Kilgore – a deceased Agency agent and Daniel’s estranged brother, the two become closer after his murder and the Agency trains Daniel.
- Haunt – this being is created when Kurt ‘s spirit merges with Daniel’ s body. They are merged through Kurt’s spiritual tether to Daniel and generate ectoplasm.
- Director Beth Tosh – Kurt’s Lover, now acting Director of the Agency.
- Mirage – an agent working for the Agency and another trainer of Kurt’s, she watches over Daniel’s progress.
- Assistant Director Theresa Rhodes – a sleeper agent in the Agency, she was instrumental in Kurt’s murder.
- Mr. Hurg – a crime boss obsessed with fitness and health, he orchestrated Kurt ‘s death and is highly skilled in combat.
- Cobra – an assassin hired by Mr. Hurg, his face is mutilated by Haunt, and resconstructive surgery leaves him very similar to his namesake.
- Amanda Kilgore – Kurt’s Widow and Daniel’s train lover / wife. Her relationship with Daniel was cut short to her infidelity with Kurt.
Less than a week before the release of Haunt # 1, columnist Rich Johnston reported that comic book retailers pre-ordered nearly 60,000 copies of the first issue, which is more than a typical issue of The Amazing Spider-Man . 
Haunt # 1 received mixed reviews from critics. Jason Green of Playback: “Weird, wildly violent stuff, but it’s also a visceral thrill, evocative artwork.”  Green praised each of the book’s creators, saying that they “mesh perfectly.”  On the other hand, Jesse Schedeen of IGN said Kirkman “Do not offer any of his usual wits.” Daniel and Kurt have no real depth to them. Too seriously to become a silly melodrama. ” 
Chad Nevett of Comic Book Resources called the artwork “disappointing, if only because Ryan Ottley is a better artist than Haunt # 1’s work displays.”  Nevett also criticized the book for reading “almost like a parody of itself with dark characters, […] excessive violence, […] and a character design influenced by McFarlane’s work on Spider-Man .”  Haunt’s design was also considered similar to symbiotes in Spider-Man.
|title||Material collected||Publication date||ISBN|
|Haunt, Volume 1||Haunt # 1-6||April 2010||978-1607061540|
|Haunt, Volume 2||Haunt # 7-12||February 2011||978-1607062295|
|Haunt, Volume 3||Haunt # 13-18||June 2012||978-1607065524|
|Haunt, Volume 4||Haunt # 19-24||October 2012||978-1607065883|
|Haunt, Volume 5||Haunt # 25-28||January 2014||978-1607066798|
|title||Material collected||Publication date||ISBN|
|Haunt: Immortal Edition||Haunt # 1-12||August 2011||978-1607062417|
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